Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 23 Road Safety Audit—Foley to Milaca

Benton and Mille Lacs counties

Final report

The Hwy 23 road safety audit and findings is part of a multi-agency effort to improve safety along 16 miles of road from Foley to Milaca in Benton and Mille Lacs counties.

Project location map - Foley to Milaca
Hwy 23 Foley to Milaca project location map.

Four primary concerns

  1. High speeds
  2. Safe pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and crossings
    in urban areas
  3. High speed rear-end crashes in rural areas
  4. Head-on collisions

Primary strategies

  • Develop three-lane roadway sections in urban areas
  • Plan for the future cross-section and layouts of the corridor and be ready before any future MnDOT reconstruction occurs
  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle crossing amenities in urban areas
  • Convert selected Hwy 23 intersection approach lanes in rural areas from through/right-turn lane into through/left-turn lane approaches. Right-turn lanes can be added in the long term
  • Develop raised medians and left turn lanes in urban areas
  • Develop median buffer lanes and centerline rumble strips in rural areas

Some of these safety strategies will be apart of the 2022 MnDOT road project.